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Find Something Small to be Grateful For

In life, we know that things can't always go the way we want, or the way we have carefully planned out for ourselves. When something goes wrong, it is easy to feel like our world is coming to an end, like nothing can ever be good again. But, even in our darkest moments, there is always something good to find that we can hold onto.

It can take a mindset shift to find something to be grateful for in dark times, but it is wroth the effort to try. If you can't find something big to be grateful for, look for something small. A kindness from a stranger, a song on the radio that you love, the sunshine on your face. Be grateful to be alive.

As long as you are still alive, there is still hope. You still have time to make changes in the big things. But in the meantime, find something small to be grateful for. Treat yourself to a bubble bath, a meditation session, a snack that you enjoy. Life isn't all about the big things. It is a series of small moments that combine to make a bigger whole.

You can start a gratitude journal, to write down a few things each day that you are grateful for. Then, when you are feeling down, you can revisit your list and think about all the things that are good in your life. This can give you a mental boost, and help you to think about life differently.

Even if you have mental health issues like anxiety, depression or PTSD, practicing gratitude can be a helpful addition to your mental health treatment. Studies have found that gratitude makes you happier, even if you have a mental health condition.

According to Greater Good Berkley, some of the benefits of practicing gratitude include:

1. Gratitude unshackles us from toxic emotions

2. Gratitude helps even if you don’t share it

3. Gratitude’s benefits take time

4. Gratitude has lasting effects on the brain

When you make an effort on a daily basis to express gratitude for something, it can help to replace anger and fear that you feel. It is hard to be upset while you are feeling grateful. So, practicing gratitude can help you shift from feeling negative emotions to more positive ones.

The longer you work on your gratitude practice, the more benefits you will see in your life. Study participants have been found to feel better after practicing gratitude for up to 3 months later.

Gratitude shifts your viewpoint. Instead of looking so deeply at what is going wrong in your life, you start to instead notice all the things that are going right. Though your list may be small at first, the longer you practice gratitude, the more things you will find on a daily basis to be grateful for!

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It may not be easy at first to come up with things to be grateful for, so be creative. Just try to list 3 things each day that you are grateful for. In your heart, say thank you for allowing these things to be a part of your life. Once you get used to doing this, you will easily be able to turn back to a gratitude mindset throughout the day.

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